Last Friday, Will Smith released his verse on Joyner Lucas’ remix of his tribute to the West Philly-born mega star called Will. I was was really feeling Will’s flow and bars on this joint. Dude hasn’t missed a step as an emcee and he finessed today’s rap style with ease. The internet lost its mind over the the fact that at 51-year-old and far removed from his years as an emcee WILL CAN STILL SPIT!!!
In the nearly two-minute rap Smith, who hasn’t released an album in 15 years, gives love to Philly, Julius Erving, Nelson Mandela, Eddie Murphy, Jada, James Avery(Uncle Phil), Martin Lawrence and of course Joyner Lucas. And not one single swear word was used in the song at all.
“I was on fire I ain’t even need a grill. Did it all with no cuss words, I ain’t have to curse just to keep it real…..Even when the streets called me corny I still ain’t never let the hate break me,”~Will Smith
“Will”, The Original Version
Back In March, rapper Joyner Lucas dropped his track “Will” about how Smith is his hero (“Homie’s my idol and don’t even know it”). The official music video shows Joyner on a movie set putting himself in many of Smith’s major roles from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I, Robot, I Am Legend and Bad Boys. I really love the way this video was put together, super well done!!
Soon after the video dropped, Will Smith finally learn he was Lucas’ idol and then posted the video to his Instagram. Then in April, Smith had Lucas on his Snapchat series, Will at Home. It’s a great interview that breaks down the music video and everything.
I just love all the positive vibes that HipHop has been bringing during this Pandemic. Huge shout out to Joyner Lucas and Will Smith for this.